Easy Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Crust (yeast-free, vegan, gluten-free, paleo)

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This is the easiest way to make a gluten-free Pizza Crust in your cast iron skillet! It has a fluffy texture and it’s hearty enough to support all of your favorite pizza toppings. It’s even vegan, yeast-free, and paleo as well! Pizza for all!

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I think pizza is one of the first foods people ask about when I say I’m a gluten-free vegan. I understand the question, too! Pizza is life. It’s classic weekend food, the ultimate comfort dish, and seems to be on everyone’s list of very favorite meals. Here’s the truth: I don’t sacrifice pizza! I still love making delicious, cheesy, comforting pizza with all of my favorite toppings…I just do it with a couple adjustments. Here’s the gluten-free pizza crust recipe that works as a base anytime I’m craving a Friday night pizza and movie!

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Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Ingredients

First things first: let’s gather ingredients! There are a few things in this crust that might be considered “specialty,” but I still think you’ll be able to find them at your local grocery store.

  • Almond flour – Look for blanched, super fine almond flour for the best texture. You can also make your own at home in the food processor or blender if you have extra blanched almonds in the pantry!
  • Arrowroot starch – This works as a thickener and gives your pizza crust a good weight. You can use tapioca flour if you can’t find arrowroot starch!
  • Potato starch – This is different from potato flour! Potato flour is made from peeled, cooked, dried, and ground potatoes, while potato starch is just the starch that’s been rinsed out of potatoes and dried. Starch is bright white and fluffy!
  • Unsweetened, plain plant-based milk – I use almond milk most often (and even usually make my own!).
  • Pantry ingredients – Baking powder, salt, garlic powder, pure maple syrup, and extra virgin olive oil.
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What goes on top of a vegan pizza? All the good stuff! I love roasting veggies to top my pizza, and you can do a classic tomato, pesto, or white sauce. Sometimes we even do pizza for dessert with sweet toppings!

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Easy Cast Iron Skillet Pizza (yeast-free, vegan, gluten-free, paleo)


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pizza slices 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This is the easiest way to make a gluten-free Pizza Crust in your cast iron skillet! It has a fluffy texture and it’s hearty enough to support all of your favorite pizza toppings. It’s even vegan, yeast-free, and paleo as well! Pizza for all!


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup blanched super fine almond flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch or tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch (not potato flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, plain almond milk (or any plant-based milk) or water
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil for cooking (divided)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 12-inch cast iron skillet with olive oil.
  2. Add the almond flour, arrowroot starch, potato starch, baking powder, and salt to a medium sized mixing bowl and whisk until well combined. 
  3. Add almond milk (or water) and maple syrup and whisk again until incorporated and no clumps remain.
  4. Grease the cast iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil.  Pour the pizza dough batter into the skillet.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the stovetop and assemble the pizza.  I love to simply add pizza sauce and Vegan Mozzarella Cheese.  See blog post above for more fun pizza topping ideas.  Caramelized Onions and Roasted Garlic are other favorite toppings of mine.
  6. Drizzle 1 tablespoon oil overtop the entire pizza.  Bake the pizza crust with fixings in the cast iron skillet for 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and cooked through.  If using cheese it should be melted and slightly golden brown on top as well. Drizzle olive oil overtop the homemade mozzarella cheese for best results.
  7. Optional: Broil the pizza for 2 minutes before removing from oven.  
  8. Optional post-oven pizza topping ideas: Top with dollops of pesto, drizzle of olive oil, fresh basil, vegan parm, and/or red pepper flakes.  Slice and serve!  Enjoy immediately.

Notes

If you use half the batter in the 8-inch pan it will be medium thickness (not thin crust or deep dish).  The more batter you use and the small skillets will provide a more deep dish like quality.  Adjust cooking times accordingly.

  • Category: Entree

Keywords: homemade vegan gluten-free pizza crust

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2 Comments

  1. Cathy

    We made this for dinner tonight and loved our pizzas! I was a little surprised how stiff the dough was, but once I pressed it out into the pan, it cooked up fine and tasted great!






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    • Elaine Gordon

      So happy you loved it! Thank you so much, Cathy!

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